Tuesday, May 31, 2011

♥.•*¨Jeannie Campbell's Getting to Know Your MC Blogfest Giveaway!¨*•.♥

Thanks to the genius Jeannie Campbell, I am hosting this fun blogfest:
Getting to know your MC Blogfest and Giveaway, aka,
MC Blogfest!

Please check out her guest post to learn more!

How to Connect with Your MC 
Jeannie Campbell, LMFT 

I’ve found that there are several questions that every MC needs to answer in order for his or her author to get to know them better. For this reason, I’ve included these questions and more in my character intake form.
But today, I thought I’d take the time to tell you why three of these questions are so important, so get ready to bookmark this page!

Question 1: What is your greatest fear?

While this is not the first question on my form (I ask for basic info like name and age first), it’s perhaps one of the most important. Our fears, which usually center around a limitation or a failure, perhaps a disappointment or frustration, hold the key to our biggest vulnerability. The same is true for characters.
Fear is fundamental—present in every living thing. It’s relatable to every reader simply in its existence in a character’s life, whether or not they can relate to the specific fear or not. We all have fears, and we all go to great lengths to minimize opportunities for that fear to manifest. This says a lot about a character.

Question 2: What is your biggest accomplishment?

The answer might reveal a time when the character showed great courage in the face of danger or kept their integrity when faced with the opportunity to cheat. The joy that a character feels from their moment in the spotlight, so to speak, can follow them through their life and be a constant reminder of how good life used to be, or it can be held as a standard they seek to attain again and again.
It’s interesting to see how far back in a character’s life their greatest accomplishment occurred. How old were they? And what have they done since then? These questions really dig in deep at the core of the character, helping you get to know them.

Question 3: What is your biggest regret?

The answer to this question truly reveals a goldmine of information about someone. If a person feels shame or embarrassment over something they said or did, this connects to their self-image and values. If a person feels guilt over their actions or inactions, this is connected to their moral code.
Sit your character down and force them to answer these questions. I suggest filling out my intake form in the voice of your character. I’ve been told by all my beta testers that my form helped them get to know their characters better than ever, so give it a try!

You can find me at my new website, The Character Therapist and my blog. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter and receive the Writer's Guide to Character Motivation for free!

~ Thank you, Jeannie, for guest-posting over at my blog! I am so interested in what you're doing and I cheer you on for what you do!

♥.•*¨ ¨*•.♥

So how does the MC Blogfest play into this?

RULES: Pretend you are one of your MCs and answer all 3 questions.

One lucky Blogfest Participant is the winner to Writer’s Guide to Creating Rich Back Stories!

-->Increase your chances of winning further writing guides by following Jeannie Campbell! Please make sure you mention in THIS post that I referred you so she can keep track of entrants!

ALL winners announced June 25th!

Please help spread the word to this Blogfest with the giveaways--everyone has a chance to win something!

Those who don't post their entry the 24th will regrettable become disqualified.


  1. Great post, Elizabeth and Jeannie. Thanks for the three wonderful tips to get to know my character better. I will try to make my character answer them asap.

  2. Cool idea!! I really like it. Right now I'm going to hesitate a bit before signing up, but knowing me I will probably sign up by the end of tonight... lol

  3. Very good idea! Can't wait to sign up! :)

  4. Excellent tips for creating well-rounded characters. You have such great ideas for posts, Elizabeth!

  5. Jeannie's a genius--great questions!

  6. thanks for stopping by ladies! i hope that you do sign up for elizabeth's blogfest! it'll be fun reading everybody's answers.

    jill- great to "see" you again on here! :)

  7. I have this posted on my blogfest page!

  8. Rachna, that would be great! It is really something to think about. I love delving into my imagination pool!

    Trisha, it would be GREAT! You will be glad you did. ;)

    Amy, hooray! I can't wait! <3

    Clara, thank you! I couldn't have done it without Jeannie! ;)

    Em, I hope to see you on the linky! :D

    Jill, yes, I so agree with you! I hope you sign up!

    Jeannie--yes, it would! I can't wait! I need to have a clear mind to answer those. I can't wait to get into Darkspell's Winter's head to answer them!

    Summer, thank you Summer--you ROCK! *hugs*

  9. These are great questions, and I can see how knowing this information about your character can give you the structure to move forward.

  10. Kari, thought-provoking, aren't they?

  11. great thought provoking questions must think on these.

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  12. Becca, I really hope you jump right in. It will help every writer to connect with their MC and show others how we work! <3

  13. Thanks, Elizabeth. Looking forward to learning more about your books.


  14. Lara, thank you! And thanks for dropping by. Have a great weekend. :)

  15. These are great questions to ask...if we don't know them then we probably don't know our characters all that well. Thanks!

  16. Sounds like a really fun blogfest and just what I need to get to know my MC better.

  17. Oh how exciting. I love Jeannie...she's helped me so much getting the layers down for my characters.
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  18. Deana--so true! I'm wondering how my MC will answer these. I need a good, clear of kids day to write this post!

    Sarah, I am SO happy you've joined--you made me happy! I can't wait to see how your MC answers! <3

    Raquel, that's SO great to hear. She's such a great lady. I'm so excited to see the entries. I love writers. :)

  19. Thanks for the chance to win Jeannie's book. :)

  20. looks like you're going ot have a great blogfest participation, elizabeth!

  21. Ann, I wish I could win one, too--she sounds like she knows what she's doing!

    Jeannie, thank you! I'm so excited to read their posts! :D

  22. Yes! Enter me to win the Writer's Guide to Creating Rich Back Stories! I was referred by Elizabeth Mueller!

    Question 1 - My biggest fear: That readers will find my story boring or predictable.

    Question 2 - My biggest accomplishment: That my character in TRANSPLANTED FAITH kept his integrity and faith through out financial loss and in the face of death.

    Question 3 - My character felt remorse when facing mortality for the years of mentally controlling his wife and using his stern personality to disconnect from the problems of raising a family. He always felt he had no time for such trival things as that was his wife's responsibility.

  23. Fantastic guest post! And thank for dropping by my blog!

  24. Laura, thank you! I'm impressed with how well you know your MC! I hope I know mine just as well. :/

    PJ, thank you! You're welcome. ;)

  25. Thanks for a great post, Elizabeth and Jeannie! I'm looking forward to Jeannie's visit to my blog later this month...June 22nd! Y'all come!

  26. Jeannie, you are the coolest and the MOST AWESOME! Great idea. I'm in. On the 24th I will have my MC answer the questions. (She's real yanno.)

    Elizabeth, what a super idea. Is this blogfest your brain child? You're smart! *wink* I'm in. I'll put it on my sidebar too. I think everyone should get in touch with their MC's. (((hugs)))

  27. Tommie Lyn, thank you for dropping by! I look forward to visiting your 22nd post. :)

    Robyn, yippee! So happy you're joining! :) Thank you so much for putting it on your sidebar. I look forward to the 24th. :)

  28. I sidebarred this and signed up. Looks like some good fun. See you then!

  29. Hi Elizabeth...

    This is great! What a fun blogfest.... I will definitely post it on my sidebar.

    I'm looking os forward to reading everyone's entries....

  30. This sounds like a really fun blogfest, sign me up ASAP!

  31. Such a great post - I'm so looking forward to this!

  32. I need to read about this a bit more as to what and where.

    Sounds like fun though.

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  33. I'm looking forward to the contest and would love feedback on my silly little character.

    Thanks so much!

  34. Hi,

    Great idea! Couldn't resist. ;)


  35. Looking forward to what my MC will say; sometimes she can be such a silly little thing, it may be hard to pin her down.

  36. Michael, thank you for helping out with the love! I've done mine and have scheduled it already. One of the questions really had me stumped, lol.

    Patricia--yippeeeeeeee! Thank you for joining! <3

    Sangu, thank you! You look stunning as always. Hoping that your enjoying life. :)

    Sia, hope that you will join, it'll be fun. :)

    Joyce, answering these questions will help connect with the characters. I can't wait to read yours! :)

    Francine, Thank you and wonderful! :D

    Susan, I know what you mean. It's hard to know what they will do at any given situation. :)

  37. What a fab idea. Great post. Getting under the skin of your MC is very important. :O)

  38. Madeleine, yes, it is! I just love diving in. Thank you for dropping by! :D

  39. Cool idea! *headdesk* And I missed it! *sigh* Maybe next time. Hope you had fun!!!

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